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Diplomate of National Board (DNB), Centralized Entrance Test (CET) - 2011

Conducted by The National Board of Examinations (NBE)

The National Board of Examinations is an autonomous organisation of the Ministry of Health and family Welfare, Government of India. NBE invites applications for admission to DNB Programme at various accredited medical colleges / hospitals / Institutes.

Important Dates

  • Last Date of Submission of Application Form:  15 April 2011
  • Date of CET examination: 12 June 2011

Examination Fee

i) CET Exam: Rs 3500
ii) Internet Downloaded forms: Rs 750

Diplomate of National Board (DNB), Centralized Entrance Test (CET)

The Government of India established the National Board of Examinations (NBE) in 1975 with the prime objective of improving the quality of the Medical Education by establishing high and uniform standards of postgraduate examinations in modern medicine on an all India basis.

The Board at present conducts postgraduate and postdoctoral examinations in approved specialties leading to the award of Diplomate of National Board. Centralized Entrance Test (CET) is the entrance examination for admission to the 3 years postgraduate Diplomate of National Board (DNB) programme. DNB is  recognised qualification as per provisions of Indian Medical Council Act, and the Government of India vide its various notifications issued from time to time has equated the DNB qualifications to the corresponding MD / MS qualification awarded by various Indian Universities.

A merit list based on performance of candidate out of 360 marks shall be published in order of merit subject to a minimum score of 50%.

Candidates successful in the DNB CET can apply to centralised counselling conducted by the National Board of Examinations for pursuing the 3 years postgraduate DNB programme in various broad specialties.

The selection will be purely on merit cum choice basis, based on the marks obtained by candidate in NBE - CET as per Board policy.

List of Specialties and Eligibility Qualification for pursuing DNB

  • DNB Anatomy
  • DNB Physiology
  • DNB Biochemistry
  • DNB Pathology
  • DNB Microbiology
  • DNB Forensic Medicine
  • DNB Pharmacology
  • DNB General Medicine
  • DNB Paediatrics
  • DNB Psychiatry
  • DNB Radio Therapy
  • DNB Radio Diagnosis
  • DNB Anesthesiology
  • DNB Dermatology & Venereology
  • DNB Respiratory Diseases
  • DNB Nuclear Medicine
  • DNB General Surgery
  • DNB Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • DNB Ophthalmology
  • DNB Otorhinoaryngology
  • DNB Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • DNB Social & Preventive Medicine
  • DNB Health Administration including Hospital Administration
  • DNB Family Medicine

Eligibility: MBBS + CET

List of Super Specialty programmes with eligible Qualifications

S.No Specialities Qualification
1 Cardiology MD / DNB in General Medicine or Paediatrics
2 Gastroenterology MD / DNB in General Medicine or Paediatrics
3 Nephrology MD / DNB in General Medicine or Paediatrics
4 Endocrinology MD / DNB in General Medicine or Paediatrics
5 Neurology MD / DNB in General Medicine or Paediatrics
6 Medical Oncology MD / DNB in General Medicine or Paediatrics
7 Cardio Thoracic Surgery MS / DNB in General Surgery
8 Paediatrics Surgery MS / DNB in General Surgery
9 Genito Urinary Surgery (Urology) MS / DNB in General Surgery
10 Neurosurgery MS/DNB in General Surgery
11 Plastic Sugery MS/DNB in General Surgery
12 Surgical Gastroenterology MS/DNB in General Surgery
13 Surgical Oncology MS/DNB in General Surgery
14 Paediatrics Surgery MS/DNB in General Surgery
15 Clinical Pharmacology MS/DNB in Pharmacology
16 Neonatology MS/DNB in Paediatrics


Pattern of Examination

CET-NBE will comprise of a written test of post MBBS standard. The examination will include all subjects taught during the MBBS course including pre-clinical, para-clinical and clinical. Approximate weightage given to each subject in the two papers is as stated below, the same is purely representative in nature. The final distribution of questions may vary.

Paper - I  (Duration - 3 hrs, Total Questions - 180, Total Marks - 180)

Paper I Basic Sciences and Community Medicine
  Anatomy 24
  Physiology 30
  Biochemistry 12
  Pathology 24
  Microbiology 24
  Pharmacology 24
  Forensic Medicine 12
  Community Medicine / SPM 30
  Total 180


Paper - II (Duration - 3 hrs, Total Questions - 180, Total Marks - 180)

Paper II Clinical Sciences
  Medicine including Psychiatry,
Dermatology and Venereology
  Paediatrics 15
  Surgery including Orthopaedics
Anaesthesiology, Radio-diagnosis
and Radiotherapy
  Obstetrics and Gynaecology 30
  Ophthalmology 15
  ENT 15
  Total 180

For further details, click here.

The above specified link will have all the necessary information about how to apply and also information about the accredited institutes, hospitals which provides the programme.

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